Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) refers to the use of certain medications in combination with traditional therapeutic and behavioral interventions as another potent tool for those struggling with substance use disorder to attain and maintain sobriety. The most common uses of MAT are for the treatment of Alcohol Use Disorder and Opioid Use Disorder.
The prescribed medication operates to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of alcohol and opioids, relieve physiological cravings, and normalize body functions without the negative effects of the abused drug. Medication-assisted treatment medications block the effects of abused drugs, nullifying any reward they may impart, and making their use ineffective and pointless.
Common MAT Medications
Naltrexone: Naltrexone is the primary MAT medication used to treat opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders. It comes in a pill form (ReVia, Depade) or as an injectable (Vivitrol). When used as a medication-assisted treatment for alcohol dependency, naltrexone blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication. This allows people with alcohol addiction to reduce their drinking behaviors enough to remain motivated to stay in treatment and avoid relapses.
Vivitrol: At Victory Bay Recovery Center, we advocate for the use of Vivitrol with many of our clients, as it only needs to be administered once a month, which vastly improves compliance while providing an extra measure of insurance against relapse. It does so by blocking the euphoric effects of opioids, so if a client relapses and uses the problem drug, Vivitrol prevents the feeling of getting high by binding to opioid receptors and blocking any other opioid from getting through, as well as vastly reducing cravings.
Victory Bay clients receive logistical and case management services linking them to Vivitrol dispensing providers and do so for the duration of a client’s stay and beyond; long-term naltrexone therapy extending beyond three months is considered the most effective protocol. For more information about our medication-assisted treatment for alcohol and opioids, please contact us today to get started.